For the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO there have been a few cosmetic alterations designed to help it stand out from last year’s model, and more importantly, differentiate it from the standard “Z”.
As before the 370Z NISMO will come fitted with a 3.7 litre V6 producing 350 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm, and 276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. The 370Z NISMO’s improved performance comes from a H-configuration performance exhaust and retuned ECU. A number of bolt-on chassis enhancements designed to improve handling and road holding are also included as standard.
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The Nissan Friend-ME is a boldly-styled concept car which was unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. The concept was designed to have global appeal, however its the young, up-and-coming 20-something Chinese which the car is specifically tailored for. 240 million Chinese were born in the 1980s, and it’s this generation of buyers who Nissan are targeting with the Friend-ME.
The four-door, four-seat Nissan Friend-ME features a deeply sculpted body which is designed to look energetic and aggressive. In profile the Friend-ME shows off its fancy roof structure which is designed to appear as if it is floating above the rest of the bodywork.
Taiji Toyota, who is confusingly the Vice President of Nissan Design China, said of the concept’s styling theme: “We call our solution Distilled Da Qi. Da Qi is about casting an aura, about standing out, but at the same time going with the flow, fitting in. It’s a question of balance, and we’ve worked to refine it right down to the essence. The result adds an entirely new and youthful dimension to the sedan category.”
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The Nissan Resonance concept, which was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, is a stylish crossover vehicle designed to preview the future direction of Nissan SUV design. The concept was created by a team at Nissan Design America, based in San Diego, California.
“This design is not meant to appeal to traditional two-box SUV shoppers, but rather to those whose fashion and design choices make a statement. For Nissan, this concept makes our statement about the future of this segment.” said Francois Bancon, Nissan Motor Co. division general manager, Product Strategy and Planning.
The styling of the Resonance Concept is designed to express a lightweight, aerodynamic feel. The roof’s unique “floating” design is created through the use of the thin, steeply raked A-pillars, a large full-length glass panel and flowing D-pillar design.
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Nissan’s headline act at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show is this, the Nissan EXTREM. The concept was previewed just over a week ago in the form of a couple of artistic splatters. The EXTREM is a youthful concept designed to match the vibrant, outgoing nature of Sao Paulo and its inhabitants.
Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Nissan said of the project: “Brazil is a country of great natural beauty and it has a passionate, rich culture. But this is not always reflected in the cars on its streets, especially the more affordable locally produced vehicles which tend to be conservative in design, colour and specification. EXTREM, with a dynamic, high-character design, is far from conservative. It was created to appeal to the country’s growing band of city-based young professionals who are passionate about design and want to make a personal statement. The lightweight two-door 2+2, has a dynamic stance, fresh surfacing, and a clear rugged ability to tackle the urban jungle everyday.”
Nissan have developed the concept to be an “urban rally car”. That means it needed to be agile yet rugged. Able to weave through city traffic, and also take the odd door ding in its stride. Its high ground clearance belies its compact dimensions, while its coupe-like roofline helps disguise its 2+2 layout. The combination of a wraparound windscreen, floating roof rails and detached C pillars create the feeling of an open, airy cabin.
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At this year’s Sao Paulo Motor Show, Nissan are set to pull the velvet covers off an all-new concept vehicle. The as-yet unnamed concept is said to introduce yet another unique niche to the automotive world. It was designed and built in Brazil as a sign of Nissan’s commitment to the rapidly growing market.
Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Nissan, said of the concept: “The showcar will dazzle on two counts. It is a genuinely new and exciting concept, and it will explode with energetic design and impressive color that fully express our impression toward the country.”
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The Nissan TeRRA concept is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show on 27th September. The concept is a compact SUV powered be a hydrogen fuel cell with three electric motors providing power to all four wheels.
The Nissan TeRRA concept builds on the company’s experience in manufacturing crossover vehicles like the Juke and Quashqai, as well as their more recent endeavours in developing electric cars like the Nissan LEAF. Although just a concept for now, the Nissan TeRRA concept is aimed at younger consumers who want a functional and flexible vehicle which also offers a modicum of off-road capability coupled with an eco-friendly drivetrain.
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In case you’re unaware NASA last week pulled off an audacious mission and landed a giant rover on the red planet. Curiosity, the integral part of a 2.5 billion dollar project, will roam the martian surface. Its primary mission is to evaluate the “habitability” of the planet, and discover if Mars was, or still is, capable of supporting life.
Well Nissan has rather cleverly managed to jump onto this extraterrestrial bandwagon by producing a simple but clever little infographic which shows the cost of driving the 352 million miles between Earth and Mars.
Not surprisingly Nissan comes out on top in their bizzare fuel economy comparison test, which pits the 2013 Nissan Altima against seven of its competitors. Based on gasoline prices of $3.645 per gallon it would cost a mere $33.7 million to get there. If you took the Nissan that is. And you were somehow able to escape Earth’s gravity, produce oxygen, feed yourself, store the fuel, run the engine in a vacuum etc. etc.
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The Nissan Juke Nismo has just made its world debut. Nissan chose the 2012 Le Mans 24 hour race (13th-17th June) as the location for the unveiling. Sitting alongside the Juke Nismo on the Nissan stand will be the monstrous Juke-R and the unusual Nissan Deltawing race car. The Nissan Juke Nismo was first revealed in concept form back in November. And from the looks of it not much has altered on the way to production.
The Nissan Juke Nismo is powered by an upgraded version of the car’s standard 1.6 litre direct injection tubocharged four cylinder. In addition it features stiffer suspension, more direct steering and improved traction control. The Juke Nismo will also offer torque vectoring, which improves cornering and grip, as an option.
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Nissan’s crossbreeding experiment with the quirky little Juke and the mighty GT-R was meant to be a one-off showstopper. However when it made its world debut in Dubai there were so many serious inquiries about purchasing the Juke-R that Nissan has now decided to put the vehicle into production, albeit in small numbers.
Powered by the GT-R’s 3.8 litre twin-turbo engine, the Juke-R tears up the road with 545 horsepower being channeled through all four wheels. The main difference between the initial showcar and the production vehicles is the fact the original was based on a 2010 Juke and the new vehices will be built on 2012 Juke platforms.
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Nissan has today released a solitary image which previews their latest concept vehicle. The Nissan HI-CROSS concept is a crossover vehicle which will make its world debut on 6th March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
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